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Principal's Message

August 10, 2020



Dear Cortez Families:


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!


I am proud to begin my second year as the principal of Manuel J. Cortez Elementary School. I am humbled and honored to be part of this school community as the legacy of the school’s namesake is one of public service. As an educator, I am a firm believer that we are here to serve students and equip them with the skills necessary to put their dreams and passion into action.


Although we begin this school year with full-time distance learning, I am confident that our staff will meet every challenge with care, commitment, and professionalism. Hence, our theme this year is “Excellence through Innovation.” In these uncharted times, we must be innovative in our approaches with students and families. This will require in the words of the late Kobe Bryant, “A constant quest to be the best version of one’s self.” We will bring our “A game” to ensure students have a positive and memorable year. This is my commitment to the Manuel J. Cortez school community.


Should you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 702-799-2180. We are here to serve students and their families.


I look forward to an amazing school year and our continued partnership.




Celese Rayford, Ed.D.